It looks like Samsung really wants to make it up to its consumers who have been disheartened by the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The company is apparently making sure its next flagship Galaxy S8 leaves no stone unturned to help consumers miss the now-discontinued phablet a tad less. If latest rumors are to be believed, the Galaxy S8 could come with Samsung s proprietary S Pen as an external accessory. Hint another bout against Apple s next iPhone. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmedAlso Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
Until now, the S Pen had been exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note series of large-screen smartphones. However, in light of the official execution of the Note 7 from the market, the stylus could help consumers deal with the inflammation better and also seamlessly upgrade to the Galaxy S8. Now, given the requirement for the use of a stylus is a large screen display, the latest rumor falls in line with earlier speculations about the upcoming Galaxy S8 featuring display sizes from 5.1-inch and going up to a massive 6.1-inch. Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
It had been previously rumored that S Pen could come integrated in the Galaxy S8 similar to the Note models. However, the company apparently decided against it and is now looking at offering it as an external accessory. Details about the pricing of the S Pen are scarce, but one could expect the company bundle the accessory as an introductory offer when the smartphone is officially launched. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 leak hints at 6-inch display, 8GB of RAM
The recall and the ultimate discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has left Samsung with a globally damaged reputation, compelling the company to issue public apology to affected consumers. Industry analysts suggest that the only way out for the company to move out of the massive failure and win the consumer trust back is to completely kill its Note series. Now, the latest rumor of bringing the Note-exclusive feature to Galaxy S8 suggests that the company might indeed be considering officially putting to rest its phablet series.
Additionally, it could also mean that the South Korea-based company is yet again trying to take on arch rival Apple. The California-based company has filed a patent which reveals that a future iPhone could come with a stylus that will allow text entry, doodling, annotations, and more. Although Apple s upcoming iPhone 8 is unlikely to come with the stylus, but given the company s recent shift towards large-display smartphones after the iPhone 6 Plus and later, a stylus-based iPhone isn t too far from reality.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 Samsung s only hope at having a better start to 2017 and turn around its fate is expected to come in multiple variants with one boasting a massive 6-inch display. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC or Exynos 8895 chipset, depending upon the region. It is further rumored to feature up to 8GB of RAM along with onboard storage options of 128GB and 256GB. ALSO READ: Apple could be working on a Samsung Galaxy Note killer with a stylus toting iPhone
The purported Samsung Galaxy S8 is likely to offer a dual rear camera module and come with a pair of 16-megapixel camera with RGB sensor and an 8-megapixel camera with monochrome sensor. For selfies, it is expected to come with a camera with auto focus capabilities. Other features include optical fingerprint sensor, water and dust resistance capabilities, and a 4,200mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities. On the software front, the Galaxy S8 is expected to run on Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box.